GoodwillNyNj Post-Storm: Halloween & Helping Out

Halloween Night is just a few hours away – can you believe it? To help you prepare, here are a few great Goodwill videos and photos from the incredibly creative Sammy Davis and our fab friends over at Damsels in Design. (Also: If you’ve got your costume set & would rather take the day to help out those affected by this week’s storm, scroll down to the end of this post for information and volunteering resources.)

First, Sammy Davis‘ tremendous trio of DIY costumes:

Halloween comes but once a year, and with it the chances to show off boast worthy do it yourself skills to friends and family who may never have guessed you know how to thrift store shop.

At Goodwill, any Halloween look is possible thanks to its mix of men’s, women’s and contemporary clothing alongside vintage finds at thrifty prices all under one roof.

To inspire your creative juices, I thrifted three unique All Hallow’s Eve looks that are cute and easy to style on a thrift store budget. A 1960s fashion flower child, the Morton Salt Girl and even a lovely leopard are in the mix.

Thrifted Halloween Look #1: The Flower Child

Woodstock calls, and you’ve answered! The summer of ‘69 comes alive in thrifted finds. Spread the love in a babydoll mini (cut a longer dress if need be) and mod-inspired boots. Peace, love and thrift stores, man!

Thrifted from Goodwill: Vintage babydoll mini dress ($7.99) and red ‘90s mod boots ($14.99)
From My Closet: Red boots, braided headpiece, heart necklace and rings
Purchased: Yellow flowers and one candle ($3)
DIY-ed: Hair garland and peace/love symbols on cheeks using eye pencils
Total Price: Approximately $26

Thrifted Halloween Look #2: Morton Salt Girl

The Morton Salt girl is an iconic figure that’s cute, chic and convenient to thrift, thanks to Goodwill’s organization of merchandise by color. You’ll have no problem finding plenty of yellow clothing ideas for this look!

Thrifted from Goodwill: Liz Claiborne yellow raincoat ($14.99) and yellow Top Shop dress ($9.99)
Purchased: Canister of Morton Salt ($2)
From my Closet: Leopard print galoshes and black umbrella
Borrowed: Blonde wig
Total Price: Approximately $27

Thrifted Halloween Look #3: Lovely Leopard

Channel your inner sexy feline wearing nothing but leopard print. Add DIY touches of leopard spots on your face and arms for a fun, funky effect. Don’t forget to growl!

Thrifted from Goodwill: Leopard print silk night slip ($7.99) and animal print boots ($7.99)
From My Closet: Brown tights
DIY-ed: Leopard “rosette” spots on cheeks, arms and chest using brown eyeliner and black mascara. My head turban was created with a pair of leopard print tights.
Total Cost: Approximately $16

Now, if those three ideas don’t get you shouting Trick or Treat, here’s a fun video from our Damsels in Design gals as they tackle their local Goodwill on a hunt for Halloween’s finest flair:

Now, we’ve got a lot on our to-do list here in Greater New York and Northern New Jersey after this week’s unprecedented weather event. We’re still working on getting some of our stores back open, so be sure to call your local Goodwill before you go. You can find all our stores’ contact information at

If you’d like to volunteer and help people affected by the storm, here are some resources for you:

  • Nearly 100 Red Cross blood drives were canceled because of Sandy, so blood supplies are low in the areas affected the most. The Red Cross asks that those who can donate to schedule an appointment to give blood. The New York Blood Center is urging people to donate blood for those in the New York/New Jersey area. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or visit
  • New York City Hall is soliciting volunteers. Email with your name, email address and borough. There will be ways to volunteer today and over the next week as opportunities arise.

As always, you can donate to Goodwill, both online and, during open hours, at our stores and donation centers. Please know that your donations are key to keeping our programs and services going strong – programs and services that are vital to helping New Yorkers get back into the economic mainstream. Your support is always relevant and always appreciated.

Thank you and stay safe, NY and NJ!


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